Picture this. You are in a city like Vancouver or San Francisco and you decide to rent an electric scooter. You start to explore the city to enjoy its sights when, on an uphill climb, you start to feel the scooter slowing down as it begins to lose power.
You break into a sweat as you start to realize that the remainder of your day might just be spent on foot! The feeling is anywhere from irritation to disappointment. It is anything but pleasant. You then start to think about where you could have gone wrong. Given the hilly terrain, what could have been your best choice?
First of all, one has to keep in mind that the electric scooters found in scooter rentals are generally not meant for hilly terrains. They are not designed for uphill climbs but are rather meant for flat surfaces.
They are not meant to go at high speeds nor for long distances either. For inclines, what are needed in an electric scooter are power and torque. For any electric vehicle, this involves a lot of wattage.
Can Electric Scooters Go Uphill?
The answer to this is YES. There is a catch to this however since, as mentioned, not all scooters are designed for hilly terrains. Only those that meet certain requirements are capable of doing so.
How would you then know if the scooter you have in mind meets up to those requirements? For that, you would have to check for the specifications. These will now all be discussed in further detail.
Each slope or hill is considered to have its own gradient, or degree of steepness. As expected, a steeper would mean a more difficult climb for the scooter.
Because of this, different scooters are designed to meet certain climbing angles. Climbing angles refer to the ideal, if not maximum, gradient that the scooter can handle. Some are designed to handle 10-degree slopes, others can handle 20-degree slopes, while others are able to handle much steeper angles. It would be wise, therefore to check this specific feature of the scooter if you plan to use it for hilly terrain.
It is normally recommended to choose one that has a climbing angle between 15 to 20 degrees. Higher degrees are, of course, expected to be better although if price is to be considered, do expect scooters with greater climbing angles to be more expensive.
It would probably be best, therefore, to consider the gradient of the slopes in the areas where you plan to use the scooter. If the area you are considering has pretty steep slopes, it would be best to consider scooters with higher climbing angles.
The performance of any vehicle always has to take into consideration the load that it has to carry. The same can be said of scooters. Generally speaking, the weight of the passenger always has an effect on the speed at which the scooter runs. When the scooter has to run on an incline, the effect of the weight of the rider becomes more obvious.
This can be explained by the pulling force that weight has on the scooter as it goes through an uphill climb. This pulling force makes it harder for the scooter to go forward on a slope as compared to a flat terrain. When choosing a scooter, one has to choose a scooter that is capable of carrying a load weight that is heavier that one’s own body weight.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE BEST ELECTRIC SCOOTERS WHICH ARE DESIGNED FOR GOING UPHILL?
Anything that is being sold in a highly competitive market always needs some special features in order for it to stand out above the rest. Electric scooters are no exception to this.
Whether it’s a mobile phone, or laptop, or any other portable equipment, buyers always give huge points to battery life. Again, electric scooters are no exception to this. In fact, buyers will always take battery life into big consideration. This is especially true if you plan to take the scooter on slopes for long periods of time.
The weight of the battery may be a downside though to battery life since more powerful batteries can be heavy. However, you really wouldn’t want your scooter conking out on you while you’re traveling through a really steep road, would you? Even worse would be getting stuck in the middle of nowhere just because your scooter ran out of juice!
Another feature which one must not ignore as well would be the deck. Having a wider platform on which to stand, especially on an incline, gives you a better sense of balance. Wider wheels aid in weight distribution as well. Better weight distribution can help you avoid accidents, especially on rough and uneven roads,
FRAME AND ENGINE
A well-built frame is also a must in an electric scooter. Weight may be an issue when considering scooters with stronger and sturdier frames. However, stronger frames can deal with shock much better than scooters made from lightweight material. This, again, provides better protection when going uphill.
Another thing to look out for is a powerful engine. Powerful engines, in the case of scooters, deal more with the ability of the scooter to push forward on inclines rather than speed. You would want to check out engines that me won’t go sputtering on very steep inclines.
These are some of the more common questions that may come into mind when selecting an electric scooter:
CAN AN ELECTRIC SCOOTER BE USED FOR GOING UPHILL?
Definitely, YES! However, you will have to consider certain specs because not all electric scooters are designed for uphill rides.
Take note of the following when choosing a scooter that will be used for going uphill:
– a climbing angle that can handle a gradient of at least 20 degrees
– battery power of at least 48V 422Wh
– motor having the power of at least 750W if you plan to go through really steep inclines
– wide tires
Make sure that the scooter is not too heavy. Check the suspension system as well, making sure tat the scooter doesn’t have the tendency to topple over when placed at a certain angle.
HOW DO ELECTRIC SCOOTERS FUNCTION?
Electric scooters are equipped with motors which are mounted in its frame. A battery connected to several wires provides electric power to the installed motor. The motor can control a single wheel, or both front and rear wheels, that are installed on the scooter depending on the model of the scooter.
IS A LICENSE NEEDED IN ORDER TO OPERATE A SCOOTER?
In most US states, a license is not necessary. Scooters are alowed to operate along pathways, trails and bike lanes. In California, however, a license is required. A license is also required in the UK for electric scooters.
Do electric scooters need insurance?
An insurance is not usually needed when riding an electric scooter. It is, however, strongly recommended. An insurance is to your advantage in cases of theft, damage or in cases when you, for some unfortunate reason, hit someone and cause injury.